CUBA: Long-Tongued Persons

Enrique Pizzi Porras, night city editor of Havana's El Pais, waited for the first copies to come up off the press fortnight ago, wished his reporters a Happy New Year, closed his desk, hurried across town to the sanctuary of the Mexican Embassy. The front page of El Pais that morning carried a forbidden photograph of the body of 17-year-old Juan Gonzalez Rubiera, pierced by eleven bullets from the guns of Cuban secret police for "attempting to escape." Police hung around the newspaper office for days.

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